How to Cleanse Your Body Through Fasting

HOW TO CLEANSE YOUR BODY



Most people take baths and showers to keep the outside of their bodies clean, but do very little to keep the inside of their bodies clean. (Which is even more important.)

Even if you are following the cleanest diet and lifestyle, you will still be getting toxins in your body due to the fact that there is so much pollution in the world. But fortunately, there is a way to remove some of the toxins that have built up in your body, and it's called "cleansing".

There are a lot of different ways to cleanse the body, but the one that I feel is the most natural and most effective is "fasting".



FASTING



When you go on a fast, you are giving your body a break from eating, and since so much of our daily energy goes to digesting the foods that we eat, your body will have a lot more energy than normal during a fast, and it will use that extra energy on cleansing.

Our bodies have the "potential" to heal themselves of many different things, but if the inside of our bodies has become a toxic environment where disease can easily manifest and thrive, fasting may be the best way to give our bodies a chance to truly work their magic.

The best analogy that I can use to describe fasting, is to image that a grocery store closed, but all of the employees still kept showing up to work as usual. (Which might sound crazy, but if there were no customers, a lot of things could get done that there normally isn't time for.)

While the store is closed for business, all of the walls could be re-painted, all of the shelves could be re-arranged, all of the old electrical wiring could be taken out and replaced with faster and more energy efficient wiring which would save the store a lot of money each year, and once all of this "remodeling" is finished, it would look and feel like a brand-new store on the inside, and they could not only "re-open" up have a big "Grand Re-Opening".

The same thing happens on the inside of your body when you go on a fast.

If you go on a fast, your body won't simply "take it easy" and not do much, but will instead focus on important things that it normally doesn't have enough time or energy for due to the fact that there is constantly new food entering the body that needs to be digested, assimilated, and eliminated.



DIFFERENT TYPES OF FASTING



1. WATER FASTING

A "Water Fast" is when you only consume water for an extended period of time.


This is the most powerful form of fasting on this list, but if you are new to fasting, I would encourage you to try one of the following milder forms of fasting first...



2. JUICE FASTING

A "Juice Fast" is when you only consume the juice from fruits and vegetables for an extended period of time.


I like to refer to juices as "Liquid Plumber" for the body, because they are powerful internal cleansers.

"Juice Fasting" is a lot easier than "Water Fasting", because even though you aren't "eating" anything, you will still be consuming an enormous amount of vitamins and minerals. (And probably even more than you would if you were eating.)

I recommend that you make all of your juices at home with a juice machine instead of buying bottled juices from grocery stores, because store-bought juices are usually pasteurized, not fresh, and have unhealthy and even toxic ingredients in them. (Which kind of defeats the purpose of doing a "detox".)

If you need some motivation before you go on a juice fast, I highly recommend that you watch the documentary "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead". (Which is free on YouTube.)



3. INTERMITTENT FASTING

An "Intermittent Fast" is when you still eat, but you only eat within a short window of time during the day. (Like if you only eat between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, and then for the next 16 hours you don't consume any food.)


We all know that "what" we eat is very important, but "when" we eat can also be very important.

I know from experience that if I eat shortly before I go to sleep, I won't sleep as well as I do when I go to sleep on an empty stomach. And I also know from experience that if I eat shortly after I wake up, I won't feel as energized as I do when I go for a morning walk before I eat breakfast.



6 SIGNS THAT YOU ARE TOXIC AND SHOULD FAST



Our bodies are in a constant state of "de-toxing" whether we realize it or not, and our bodies are so good at this that if we are following a healthy lifestyle, we shouldn't have to spend our lives living in fear of toxins.

But if you are smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, or drinking a case of beer a night, or eating unhealthy foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you are likely taking in toxins a lot faster than they can realistically be eliminated, and the toxic build up will eventually turn into a life-threatening disease if you don't do some special detoxing.

Below are 6 signs that your body is in a state of toxic overload...

1. YOUR URINE

If the inside of your body is toxic, your urine will be dark yellow and have a strong odor to it.

Whether you are consuming too many toxins, or you simply aren't consuming enough water to dilute them, going on a fast from food and making sure that you are drinking plenty of water is a great way to rehydrate and help flush out some toxins.

The Ultimate Goal - Be so well hydrated that your urine is almost as clear and odorless as the water you drink.

2. YOUR STOOL

What do newborn babies and healthy adults have in common? Pretty much any time they eat a meal they have a bowel movement.

(1 meal in = 1 meal out)

Having a bowel movement should be as easy and effortless as blinking an eye, but some people are so constipated that they will actually keep books in their bathroom because of how long and laborious it is for them to have one.

If you eat a clean diet and your digestion is working optimally, the foods that enter your body will exit your body before they have a chance to rot and putrefy. But if you eat an unhealthy diet and your digestion is slow and sluggish, the foods that you eat will start to rot when they are still inside of you. (Which means that they will smell rotten when they finally leave the body.)

The Ultimate Goal - Have effortless and odorless bowl movements after each meal.

3. YOUR BODY ODOR

If the inside of your body is toxic, you will have strong body odor, and if the inside of your body is clean, you will not have strong body odor. (It really is that simple.)

The Ultimate Goal - Never need or use deodorant again.

4. YOUR MOOD

If the inside of your body is toxic, it will almost certainly show in your mood, and once you have really cleaned up your diet and done some detoxing, you will start to notice that you don't get as irritated over things as you used to.

The Ultimate Goal - Have a friendly aura.

5. YOUR SKIN

Your skin is a reflection of your inner health, and if eating certain foods causes you to develop acne and other skin problems, then you already know this to be true.

Our skin also has millions of pores (which is clear evidence that we were designed to sweat) and one of the most powerful ways to detox is through sweating.

When was the last time that you were completely covered in sweat? If it has been so long that you can't even remember, then I recommend that you start sweating on a daily basis either through daily exercise or by taking daily saunas, and that you then replace the sweat that you lose with clean water.

The Ultimate Goal - Have clear and glowing skin that people compliment you about.

6. YOUR HEALTH

Anyone who has ever had a pet, raised farm animals, or worked as a veterinarian, knows that animals will stop eating if they get sick.

We naturally lose our appetites when we get sick, and the reason for this is that our body is being attacked by a virus, and it is trying to fight the virus off before it can spread and take over the rest of the body! So, the last thing your body needs at a time like that is to have to take energy away from defending itself just so it can digest a meal that it didn't even ask for.

Unfortunately, a lot of people choose to ignore the natural instinct to stop eating when they are sick, because they have been lead to believe that if they don't eat when they are sick, their body will be too weak to fight off the sickness.

If you decide to eat when you are sick, I would encourage you to at least eat clean and to try not to over-eat, because if you eat something that you know full well is bad for you when you are sick, or if you over-eat on ANYTHING when you are sick (including healthy foods) you will be feeding the sickness more than you will be feeding your body!

The Ultimate Goal - Never get sick again.



WARNING



There is a good chance that if you go on a fast, you will experience what is known as a "Healing Crisis". (Which is when there are so many toxins being released through your body that you develop "sickness-like symptoms".)

Your body has 7 organs that are designed to eliminate toxins (colon, kidneys, lungs, liver, blood, lymphatic system, and skin) and when massive amounts of toxins are being eliminated from the body, these 7 organs are going to be working a lot harder than normal, which can result in the following symptoms...

- You have to use the bathroom a lot more than normal.

- You feel tired and want to stay in bed.

- You feel dizzy upon standing up.

- You start to lose weight.

- You have bad breath and body odor.

- You develop skin eruptions such as rashes, acne, and itching.

- You feel irritable and experience intense mood swings.

- You feel old injuries start to flare up and hurt again.

- You develop a temporary white coating on your tongue.

- You feel cold in your hands and feet.

- You develop flu-like symptoms such as a runny nose, cough, and fever.

These symptoms may give you the impression that something is wrong, but they are usually just a sign that your body is "cleaning house", and once the cleanse is over, the symptoms will be over as well.

Because we all come from different backgrounds, everyone's detox is going to be different (some will be mild, and some will be intense) and as great as fasting can be, there are certain people who shouldn't fast right now.

People who shouldn't fast right now include babies, pregnant women, people on medications that need to be taken with food, people who are suffering from nutritional deficiencies, and people who couldn't physically handle strong detox symptoms right now.



6 TIPS FOR FASTING



1. FAST FROM MORE THAN JUST FOOD

Not only will you not get as much out of a fast if you spend it watching television or surfing the internet, but you will likely be getting exposed to a lot of images of food or mentions of food. (Which can make being on a fast feel a lot more difficult.)

And not only would it not be wise to go to work or go to the gym and work-out while you are in a deep fast and going through an intense detox, but it will also mean that a lot of physical and mental energy that could be going towards healing will have to be spent on other things instead.

So for maximum healing, try to spend your fast resting, and try to avoid any media distractions about what is happening in the outside world so that you can truly focus on what is happening inside of you.



2. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Although you can technically fast anywhere in the world, if you try to fast at home and you live with people who will be cooking food that you can smell, or who will be eating around you, or who don't understand fasting and will be trying to pressure you to eat something, it will be similar to a recovering alcoholic going into a bar with the intentions of just drinking water.

I have done many fasts over the years, and my best fasting experience was when I fasted in "Costa Rica" because I had warm weather, clean air, beautiful natural scenery, and the people I was staying with had a lot of experience with fasting and were there to help me.

So, please go out of your way to find a location to fast where you will have all of the comfort and support that you will need to have the biggest and best rest that you've ever had!



3. PREPARE MENTALLY FOR THE HUNGER

We have all been conditioned to eat when we're happy, eat when we're sad, eat when we're being entertained, eat when we're board, eat when we're with loved ones, eat when we feel lonely, etc.

And because we've basically been conditioned to eat as an emotional reflex to whatever we experience in life, and because fasting can be such an emotional experience, it makes the idea of fasting seem a lot harder than it really is.

Back when I younger, I actually used to say (and believe) that I was "starving" if I had to eat a meal an hour later than normal, but now if I were to find myself in a situation where I was going to have to go an entire week without eating, I would simply look at it as a "fast" and enjoy it rather than suffer.

If you want to do a "Water Fast", something very important that you should know ahead of time is that if you consume nothing but water for several days, any feelings of hunger will disappear around day 3.

Our bodies are designed to hold onto excess food that we consume as fat that can be used as fuel if food is ever scares, and if you don't consume food for a few days in a row, your body will start consuming stored body fat, and it will be getting enough nourishment from it that it will stop producing hunger pangs and putting images of food in your mind to make you want to eat.

Any time that I've ever done a "Water Fast", I not only stopped feeling hungry by day 3, but I spent the remainder of the fast enjoying the liberating feeling of not needing to eat.

But in order to reach the point where you no longer feel any hunger, you must refrain from eating or drinking ANYTHING except for plane water for about 3 days, because even a small snack or small drink that contains calories will "break the fast" and keep your body craving food.

And although everyone has a limited supply of body fat, even people who would be classified as "thin" will typically have enough body fat on them that they could safely go on a fast for a few weeks, and a person who is "overweight" could of course go even longer.

In fact, in 1965 an overweight man named "Angus Barbieri" stopped eating for over a year, and during that time he only consumed water and some nutritional supplements, and not only did he survive, but he lost 275 pounds / 125 kilos / 17 stones!)

I'm not in any way recommending that anyone attempt to do something like that, but I'm just trying to show that going on a short fast from food can be very safe.

If there was ever a major food shortage in a major city like "New York" and the shortage was expected to last for a week, a lot of people would go crazy and might even turn cannibal due to believing that they were going to starve to death.

So, on a personal note, I wish that everyone would experience fast at least once in their life just to realize that going a short time without food isn't "the end of the world".



4. TRUST YOUR BODY

Keep in mind that if you go on a fast, you and your body might have totally different agendas.

You might be hoping for external results that you can easily see every time that you look in the mirror (like looking thinner, looking younger, or having clearer looking skin) while your body might be far more concerned with fixing internal problems that are far more serious and that you aren't even fully aware of yet.

During your fast, try to let go of superficial expectations, and trust that your body will work on the things that are truly the most urgent.



5. NO CONTEST!

Do not go on a fast if your motivation to do it is being able to tell people that you fasted for ____ days, or that you lost ____ pounds.

Fasting is serious business, and although it can be very safe, it can quickly turn dangerous and even deadly if it turns into a contest to see who can go the longest without eating.

If there is ever a time when it's important to listen to your body, it's during a fast.

If you're mind is telling you that it would be really cool to be able to say that you fasted for 40 days like Jesus in the Bible, but after 14 days of fasting your body is letting you know that it is ready to go back to food, please listen to your body and not the ego.



6. END THE FAST CAREFULLY

- Make sure that you end your fast gently

The reason that the first meal of the day is called "breakfast" is because while you are sleeping, you are technically "fasting", and therefore, the first meal that you eat will "break the fast".

But for fasts that last a lot longer than overnight, you need to be mindful about how you "break the fast".

During a fast, your stomach will shrink, and your metabolism will slow down, so it's important to reintroduce food to your body slowly.

The first meal that you eat after a long fast should be a small (and preferably juicy fruit like watermelon) and each meal after that should get a little bit bigger until you can comfortably eat a normal size meal.

- Make sure that you chew your food well

Keep in mind that digestion begins in the mouth when the foods that you eat gets broken down with your teeth and coated with saliva that contains digestive enzymes, so make it a point to start chewing your food better.

- Make sure that you eat healthier than you used to

The benefits of fasting will be very short lived if once your fast is over you go right back to the way of eating that made you feel the need to go on a fast in the first place, so even if fasting can give you the gift of a new and improved body, it is ultimately up to you to keep it that way by taking good care of it.



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